Will Bobcat was on the observation sheet for not eating yesterday, but he ate today. We are still watching him closely to make sure that not being hungry yesterday wasn't anything more than a simple case of just not being hungry for a day. In the wild the cats do not always eat every day. Here at the sanctuary they get a big meal every single day, plus snacks. So, when a cat occasionally skips a meal we watch and offer more food but don't worry too much if they are acting normal in all other ways unless they are not hungry by the next morning. Will did eat well today but we will still watch him closely, just to be sure everything is okay.
Lovey Bobcat caught a squirrel and ate the whole thing. She was very pleased with herself. My heart kind of broke for the poor squirrel, though.
Cameron isn't eating as much today as we'd like to see him eat, but the keepers are continuing to offer different things. He seems fine, happy, and content. The keepers will keep giving him catered room service, multiple times a day, too. These few picky eaters sure keep the keepers running.
We sincerely appreciate our online viewers helping us keep an eye on the cats and alerting us any time they see something not right. Yesterday, a couple of our AMAZING viewers contacted us with a concern thinking they saw vomit in Hoover's cage. Gale ran to check it out and thankfully it was not vomit. Here is Gale's reply: "This AM I cleaned Hoover. He had poop in the back of the cage. In order to clean I have to close the door so I can safely scrub and hose out the cage. Also the cage needs a little time to dry before we let him back in so he will be locked over for about and hour or so. The food you saw was bits from feeding him this AM, not vomit. Thanks for keeping an eye on him."
We sincerely appreciate each of you dedicated cam viewers who are so diligent about helping us keep an eye on the cats. YOU are helping us care for them better! YOUR time and efforts ARE APPRECIATED!!
Hoover is up to eating about 14 pounds a day, split up in multiple smaller meals. He will eat as much as 7 pounds per sitting as long as the keepers sit there and patiently feed it to him from a feeding stick one bite at a time. The keepers are happy to do that. Some days it takes a few tries to get that much down him.
YOU can help us watch Hoover during his recovery at: https://video.nest.com/live/t4lK7YHYzt
More about Hoover: http://bigcatrescue.org/hoover/
TJ likes being fed off the stick because he does not like his food to touch his front teeth. He has had a lot of dental work. We try to get him to eat 5 to 9 pounds per meal and he gets 2 to 5 meals a day until we can get 10 to 14 pounds a day. He likes to walk up and down the fence between bites and often waits for the keepers to follow him. TJ ate a good breakfast today, but not as much as we want so the keepers will keep offering him more food throughout the day. I think he likes his numerous 'room service' calls throughout the day. Yesterday he ate a combined total of 14 pounds. WAY TO GO TJ!!!
As of noon today the cats have 1,024 votes!!! THANK YOU!!
Please Vote for Big Cat Rescue to Help Our Rehab Bobcats!!
The 2017 Valspar PGA TOUR Volunteer Challenge contest is underway and we would love for you to vote for Big Cat Rescue! Thanks to all of your votes last year, Big Cat Rescue won over $50,000! The money we win this year will be used to fund our new bobcat rehab area!
You can only vote ONCE; please don’t try to vote more than once. The final day to vote is March 11. Contest is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.
Learn more about the contest here: BigCatRescue.org/contest
VOTE HERE: VoteCats.com
Look for Big Cat Rescue and click on SELECT. Fill out the form that pops up and submit. A Validation Email should show up in your emails; please click on it to confirm your vote. If for some reason you don’t receive an email, don’t worry, your vote will still count.
Last year YOUR VOTES helped the cats win $50,000. This year, we can do it again, but ONLY with Your Vote and with YOUR SHARES!
We are combining these to topics today because this is really important and we are hoping YOU WILL JUMP ON BOARD and help us with this..
People often ask, "How Can I Help? I want to help but can't donate."
There are MANY WAYS to help the cats without donating. Today there is a VERY IMPORTANT way YOU CAN HELP and it won't cost you a cent. It won't even take much of your time, either. The result could be helping the cats win $50,000 or even more.
Today's Big Cat Challenge is:
- Go to BigCatRescue.org/contest to learn about how free and easy it is to help the cats win $50,000
- Go to VoteCats.com and vote for Big Cat Rescue & Robert McGivney
- Take a photo below and post it on your page today
- Ask your friends and family to please go to VoteCats.com and vote for the cats today.
Photos for you to use. You can use either photo.
TODAY's Goal is to get another 500 votes. As of noon today the cats had 1,024 votes. Can you please vote, share, and ask your friends to vote, too. If you do, I am sure we can make today's goal of 500 new votes.
Note to Viewers:
If you do accept today's Big Cat Challenge PLEASE feel free to either tag us or let us know in the comments of this page that you took the challenge so we can go to your wall and like and comment on your post. THANK YOU for helping us help the cats. YOU ARE Making A Difference!!
VIDEO: Cats Getting Meds & Treats
Carole walks around with Kathryn to give the cats meds and treats and daily Facebook Live Contest.
Each day that Carole does a Facebook Live video she asks a question and someone who answers it correctly wins a prize. So, go to Facebook and Like our Facebook Page and choose to get notifications of our live videos. Then participate in the contests, join in conversations in the comments area, too. Be sure to book mark BigCatRescue.org/win which is where you will post your answer to qualify for a future prize if you are the first one to get the correct answer.
Question: What is Hoover Tiger's birth date?
Answer: April 23, 2004
How to Find the Answer: Go to BigCatRescue.org/catbio/ and click on Hoover's name to see his bio page. Each cat has their own page and you can find the cat's birth date, rescue date, and info about that cat.
Winner's Chosen Prize: Shirt - Drink Wine and Rescue Tigers
The two on the bed are Lindsay & Lorraine. The other pic is momma Sweetie with Logan, Lace, Libby & Lance!
If all goes well, they should be headed to the Cabana in a week or two!
You can help us save domestic cats and kittens through our fostering program with donations of food, litter, blankets, toys, milk, etc: http://BigCatRescue.org/donate We can always use food and plain clay litter (NO clumping), but it can be heavy and costly to ship. We can also use any new domestic cat/kitten toys, towels & blankets because they wear out easily. We could also use small, very low edged litter pans that tiny kittens that are just learning can climb into, and heating pads. Thank you for any thing you can contribute to this fostering project!
Learn more about our domestic cat & kitten fostering program at: http://bigcatrescue.org/kittens/
Watch the kittens playing on the live streaming Kitten Cabana webs cam at: http://explore.org/live-cams/player/big-cat-rescue-kitten-cabana
VIDEO: TJ Eating 1/18/2017
VIDEO: Another Joseph Roar 1/18/2017
VIDEO: Hoover Eating With Carole & Kathryn 1/18/2017
VIDEO: Joseph Roaring 1/18/2017
VIDEO: Joseph Roaring 1/16/2017
Global Cat News
ONE: We are honored to be posted on this page. http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/90404/10-animal-retirement-homes
VIDEO: Hoover's First Vacation
Originally posted July 19, 2016
See how Hoover reacted to his first time out in the vacation rotation enclosure.
This Aurora Snow Leopard is cuddly, soft, furry, and absolutely adorable! Fur is a silky soft material. Approximately 8"